Spatial History: Using Spatial Memory to Recall Information
Logan, Kevin Robert
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Some computer users employ large displays, 6 or more monitors, in order to view a large amount of data on a single desktop at one time. This layout can be useful when the user is performing tasks in which they must view several different information sources at a time. For example, a user may be writing a paper in which they may be simultaneously typing a document, reading another paper, and view a spreadsheet. After the task is completed, the user may close all of the windows, however sometime later they may want to view a document associated with that task. A possible scenario is for the user to know that they were viewing an important document in their top left monitor, but they cannot remember which document. SpatialHistory looks to allow a user to recall which windows and documents were open at a certain time spatially. The user may query a particular region of a large display and SpatialHistory will report the windows that were open in that area. Through a user study, we conclude that i) some users organize their large displays in a spatial manner placing certain types of documents and windows in certain places and that ii) our tool has the potential to help users recall previously viewed windows based on a spatial memory of their desktop.
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